Haliburton Rideshare can provide a transportation option for those without a personal vehicle, however, you must exercise caution before accepting a ride from or offering a ride to someone you don’t know. The following are tips to help you plan a trip that is safe, respectful and pleasant. Haliburton Rideshare does not perform background checks or screen ride postings in any way.SAFETY
It’s up to you, as driver or passenger, to ask the questions you need to feel comfortable with your rideshare. Here are some suggestions to get you started.
Meet first – Meet your driver/passenger in a public or high traffic place before getting into the car. Do not meet at your home or place of work.
Ask Questions – Think about the things that would make you feel safe with your rideshare. For example:
- How is this person (driver or passenger) connected to the community?
- What’s the condition of the car (age, tires, etc.)?
- What are the history and habits of the driver (observing speed limits, sufficient insurance coverage, etc.)?
Alcohol and drugs – Both drivers and passengers are expected to show up sober and stay that way until they reach their destinations. A driver or passenger should part company with someone who is or appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs when they feel that it’s safe to do so.
Trust your gut if something doesn’t feel right –Don’t hesitate to close communication or politely back out if anything about the arrangement doesn’t feel right. No one but you is in charge of your safety and comfort. This is a mutually beneficial arrangement between drivers and passengers, and each has equal responsibility for making a good arrangement.
Be wary of people who you think:
- Ask strange or inappropriate questions.
- Give unclear answers or refuse to answer your questions.
- Lack consistency in their details online, over the phone, or in person.
- Ask for unexpected services beyond the pre-agreed arrangement
- Offer taxi or chauffeur service. Rideshare is for personal travel (not for commercial gain).
Protect Your Personal Information – Do not provide your phone number (not required to post a ride to the site) and exact address until you feel comfortable with your travel partner and the arrangements that you’ve made via email.
Tell someone – Tell a trusted friend or family member about your trip plans. Carry a fully charged cell phone with emergency contact numbers.
Valuables – Don’t carry valuable or threatening items with you.
Report dangerous experiences – If you experience a situation in which you feel your safety was compromised, contact the police.
To avoid unpleasant surprises, talk about these items before you share a ride.
Money – People sharing rides should expect to share the expense but opinions may vary as to what’s a fair amount, so talk about this up front. Remember that transportation costs legitimately include the price of the car, insurance, maintenance and repair – not just fuel. Arrangements may be renegotiated over time, e.g. regular trips.
Travel plans – Talk about your travel plans in detail and agree on a timeline for arrival that allows for washroom, food or rest stops. People may have medical conditions that need to be considered.
Music and/or radio – Some people like music and others prefer talk radio. Come to an agreement about programming and volume that everyone in the car can live with. Silence is okay too.
Fragrances – Go scent free when ridesharing. More and more people feel ill when they breathe in the perfumes used in things like cologne, shampoo and lotions.
Eating and drinking – Always ask before eating or drinking in someone’s car.
Be on time – One of the secrets to a successful rideshare is timing. Call ahead if something unexpected comes up and you know you’re going to be late.
Cancellations – If you need to cancel, contact the other person right away. It is not OK to just not show up!
Be specific – Give as much detailed information as possible in the “Additional Info” box when posting a ride, for example, travel days, departure times, arrival times, stops along the way, allergies (dogs) etc., to help others know if there is a good match.